By Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 9, 2012
The acclaimed 20-member “contemporary classical” chamber band Alarm Will Sound, praised by critics from publications like the New York Times, the Financial Times of London and the San Francisco Chronicle, plans a three-concert “St. Louis season” in 2012-13. That season will take off with a performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 18, at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
The inaugural St. Louis concert, a part of the American Arts Experience Festival, will include music by John Adams, Aphex Twin, Yotam Haber, Charles Wuorinen, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow and Stefan Freund. Freund, a music professor at the University of Missouri, is also the cellist for Alarm Will Sound, so he’s wearing more than one hat in this project.
The second Sheldon concert is scheduled for March 20 and will feature a preview of the program they’re planning for next year at Carnegie Hall. The program’s centerpiece is “Radio Rewrite,” a new piece by Steve Reich that’s based on music by Radiohead. It’s a joint commission for Alarm Will Sound and the London Sinfonietta. Also on the docket: music of Donnacha Dennehy, John Orfe and Terry Riley.
For their third and last performance, one in a very different vein, the group will move to the Touhill Performing Arts Center on April 26. It’s called “1969,” and it’s a multimedia show using music, video and stage action to tell the story of four composers (John Lennon, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Leonard Bernstein and Luciano Berio) who lived, worked and expressed the events of that tumultuous year through their music.
The group that became Alarm Will Sound had its beginnings in 1996, when its members met and began playing together as students at the Eastman School of Music, and was founded officially in 2001. Collectively, they have experience in everything from early music to jazz to classical to world music and pop.
This first St. Louis season — part of what the band’s managing director, Gavin Chuck, called, in a statement, a new “long-term strategy to become integrated into the region’s rich artistic life” — grew from their work over three summers as the resident ensemble at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in Columbia.
Musician-philanthropist Jeanne Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, the forces behind the Mizzou festival, are sponsoring the St. Louis season, to the extent of paying for a set of new, removable extensions to the Sheldon’s stage in order to hold a chamber orchestra.
Chuck and his colleagues are hoping to make the Midwest a creative center for new music, a field dominated by New York and Los Angeles. “By becoming part of St. Louis,” he said, “we hope to focus national attention on local music-making.”
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